As Governor* Kemp Embraces Divisive Agenda, Governor Deal Supports Moving Georgia Forward

March 4, 2019

Deal’s Pro-Business Support of MARTA Yet Another Contrast With His Successor

ATLANTA – Today, after his successor Brian Kemp spent the week embracing extreme policies that will divide Georgia, former Governor Nathan Deal announced his support of the MARTA referendum, joining the loud chorus of Gwinnett voters who know that expanding transit is crucial for economic mobility and the growth of Georgia’s economy.

In his endorsement letter, Deal cited his experience seeing transit as a key part of bringing new jobs into Georgia, saying:

“ As governor, I consistently sat across from CEOs who were considering a relocation or expansion in Georgia. In each meeting with a prospect considering the metro area of our state, the first two questions were ‘do you have transit?’ and ‘how far is this location from Hartsfield-Jackson Airport?’ More and more, large, high-paying employers would not even consider locations within metro areas that don’t offer robust transit options for their employees.”

Another key part of Deal’s success at strengthening Georgia’s economy? His consistent opposition to extreme bills like the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act, which over 500 Georgia employers oppose, which Deal vetoed twice, and which Kemp has pledged to sign. This year’s iteration of the RFRA bill was proposed in the General Assembly just this week.

For the next two weeks, despite Deal having been replaced with an extreme conservative asterisk governor, Gwinnett voters have the opportunity to choose what’s right for Georgia business and what’s right for Georgia families: expanding MARTA in Gwinnett.


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